1969 penny date error

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by cmac, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. cmac

    cmac Member

    Hello forum! I have found a 1969 Lincoln cent where the last 9 is wonky. The tail is straight instead of curved. Is this an actual error? I thought grease filled die at first but the shape is too different. Feedback would be appreciated as this is driving me crazy! Here are 2 pics I snapped. Just to note the 69 D is in the pic for comparison: http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j...ile Uploads/?action=view&current=IMG_7012.jpg

    http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j...ile Uploads/?action=view&current=IMG_5156.jpg
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  3. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Someone posted another coin here recently that looked almost exactly the same as yours. Like the other coin, your coin is damaged. Something hit the '9'.
  4. cmac

    cmac Member

    Did it hit it with a straight edge while in molten form?
  5. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    No. Something hit the raised numeral after the coin was struck.

    Your comment about "while in molten form" indicates that you do not understand the coin-making process. Coins are struck. That is, a piece of metal is placed between two dies and a force is applied to the dies striking the coin. If a coin was cast then molten metal would be poured into a die but that is not how coins are made. (There are instances in the past where cast coins were produced - and I am talking about legitimate coins, not counterfeits.)
  6. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor Supporter

    It is post mint damage as Hobo says. Looking carefully at the straightened "9", I can see where the rounded edge that was straightened used to be. Since there is a much lighter ( less toned) color there, it must have happened in the last half of the cents life time. If it happened right away after minting, the color would be the same.

  7. GJ1103

    GJ1103 coin addicted Navy man

    I have seen this before, shotgun rollers have a tendency to do this to dates. I had a couple of coins that had damage like this and through investigation, found it was the shotgun rollers. I would suspect the same thing happened here.
  8. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    That's caused by a rolling machine, from what I understand. You search enough of these, you'll find this same orientation hit on the last digit on a lot of these.
  9. tommy1121

    tommy1121 New Member

    Clearly damage
  10. Harley.d

    Harley.d Love coins

    As others have said PMD
  11. Chris Atwood 511

    Chris Atwood 511 New Member

    Hey group I have a question about another penny same year 1969 D date error. But my penny has an upside down two where the six should be. Does this make it valuable?
  12. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor Supporter

    A photo would be needed, but my suspicion is that a hit by another coin or circulation opened up the left side of the loop of the six and flattened the top of the six to resemble an upside down 2.

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